Rail safety investigations & reports

Safeworking irregularity involving train 9261 at Sellheim Station, Queensland, on 28 July 2020

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress
Phase: Final report: Internal review Read more information on this investigation phase


The ATSB is investigating a safeworking irregularity involving train 9261 that occurred at Sellheim Station, Queensland.

At about 0930 on the 28 July 2020, train 9261 entered and stopped at Sellheim Station to allow a crossing movement with maintenance track vehicle ZH42. Vehicle ZH42 then received an authority from train control to proceed, but the driver observed that the rear of train 9261 was obstructing the main line ahead. Vehicle ZH42 stopped clear of train 9261. There was no collision or injuries.

The evidence collection phase of the investigation will include interviewing the parties involved and reviewing documentation related to operational rules and procedures. A final report will be released at the conclusion of the investigation.

Should any critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties, so that appropriate safety action can be taken.

General details
Date: 28 July 2020   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 0933 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 18 km east Charters Towers   Investigation phase: Final report: Internal review  
State: Queensland    
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 2nd Quarter 2021    

Train 1 details

Train 1 details
Line operator Queensland Rail  
Train operator Aurizon  
Train registration 9261  
Type of operation Bulk  
Sector Freight  
Damage to train Nil  

Train 2 details

Train 2 details
Line operator Queensland Rail  
Train operator Queensland Rail  
Train registration ZH42  
Type of operation Track Maintenance  
Sector Other  
Damage to train Nil  
Last update 09 February 2021